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MAGDALENE THEOCHARISBiography: PERSONAL DETAILS Lady Magdalene Theocharis was born in 1954 in Lamia,Greece. She currently lives and works in Athens where she has a private workshop. ART STUDIES For many years, Magdalene Theocharis studied mosaic art combining her theoretical grounding with the mastery of traditional and contemporary mosaic materials and techniques having mosaic artists, painters, sculptors, and mosaic conservators of high distinction as teachers. CURRENT MEMBERSHIP February 2002: Member of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics (ASPROM), London. February 2002: Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), S. Carolina, USA. June 2001: Member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM), Exeter, UK. March 2001: Member of the Greek Decorators and Morphologists Union, Athens. October 2000: Member of AIMC (Associazione Internazionale dei Mosaicisti Contemporanei), based in Ravenna. STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST It was mainly in the Mediterranean that “painting on stone” according to Pliny, and “painting of eternity” according to Ghirlandajo was born and developed. So do I believe. My first introduction to mosaic art was as a child of 12 years, being taught about mosaic technique during Byzantine times by high school teacher of Fine Arts, Mrs. Zachari. Since then, my love for this monumental form of art is leading me with patience, persistence and dedication to be creative. As regards the themes which I derive from antiquity, I follow the technique of faithful copying based on ancient prototypes. For mosaicking directly on lime mortar, I would prepare a drawing of the proposed theme, trace it on the grout into which I would dip marble, granite, enamel and stone tesserae. Then I would embed the work into a permanent wooden panel. Mosaicking indirectly (reverse technique) after Byzantine style of iconography, I would glue the tesserae on a transparent surface with the flipped prototype underneath as a guide. Then the process of spreading the mortar and peeling off of the transparent surface…etc would start. When using the “fresco” technique for the same style, I would trace the pattern right to a permanent sandy lime surface into which I would outline it and start to mosaic. As for modern mosaic creations, I would use the “intarsia” technique for decorating wood or stone surfaces, or I would just glue the tesserae to a permanent wooden panel or to a stone, marble or ce... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: Greece Birthyear: 1954 Galleries: Magdalene Theocharis has been actively participating in national and international visual arts exhibitions. In October 2000 she participated in the International Exhibition held by AIMC (Associazione Internazionale dei Mosaicisti Contemporanei) at the Franciscan Monastery in Ravenna. In October 2002 she held her first personal exhibition entitled “MOSAIC ART THROUGHOUT THE PASSAGE OF TIME” at the Town Gallery of Mykonos Island. The exhibition had a great success. Awards: Magdalene Theocharis was twice awarded for her mosaic work by Parnassos Philological Society in Athens. Media: other, Mosaics Style: other, All Styles Subjects: other, All Subjects
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